“Due to the opportunities available at lighthouse surgery during my elective rotation, I have gained experience in many aspects of medicine that I had only little exposure to previously. The great teaching and friendly staff made me feel very welcome and give me confidence going forward in my medical career.”
Tom Kefford: Medical Student, Monash University
“I worked at both Light House Surgery, Narooma and Bermagui Medical Practice as a GP registrar for 2 years (Jan 2014 – Jan 2016).
It has been amazing experience working at the Light house surgery, the staff are very friendly and helpful, my colleagues were extremely supportive and were always ready to help even when they were busy. Very good patient base, lots of interesting cases to see and can be very challenging at time as we did see lots of ED type presentations, since the closest hospital was 60K away we did have to see pretty much everything, I think I have learned a lot about rural medicine as a registrar at the light house surgery. Not to mention about all the social interaction after work, which was very important to me with small kids.
It is hard to describe work without explaining life in Narooma, beautiful coastal town, lots of outdoor activites, we loved being at the beach, going kayaking, fishing etc, so much to do there.
I do regret having to leave such a beautiful place and really hope to go back working at Light house surgery one day.”
Dr. Pawan Pyakurel, FRACGP Canberra
“As a medical student, I chose to do my rural GP placement in Lighthouse Surgery as Narooma seemed like such a heavenly coastal town. I didn’t realise, however, that I’d meet such a lovely team. The staff are so friendly and made every effort possible to make me feel included. The doctors and nurses imparted their wisdom on me with weekly group teaching sessions and time in the theatre room. By the end of my placement, I gained the confidence in my clinical skills and knowledge to further myself in my career. On my spare days, I enjoyed having an ice-cream by the water or visiting local cafes. Thanks, I am going to miss the team!”
Sunaina Patel: Medical Student, ANU
“My placement at Lighthouse surgery in Narooma, NSW has been full of great opportunities. Rural placement allowed me to see and experience a range of clinical problems that do not present in metropolitan settings. After my placement I learnt that as a rural GP, a doctor needs to have advanced skills, a broader range of practice, organising skills and ensure that patient’s health is prioritised. Rural GP has an important and evolving role to influence change at the individual patient, practice and community levels within the healthcare system. I learned that rural doctor is expected to give a good care and be caring in addition to scientific knowledge. Living in small town also provides me with the opportunity to be more involved in the community; everyone is so welcoming and helpful. I got the experience of a seaside life and awesome community. From my rural placement, I learned that economic, geographical, cultural and family influences on the health of their patients. ”
Sherlinda Putri Utami: Medical Student, James Cook University